Say “thank you” to the important people in your life with something homemade! When you bake something special – fudge made using your grandmother’s beloved recipe, or a dozen of your famous chocolate chip cookies – you’re giving more than just a gift. You’re sharing something delicious that’s made with love.
Ready to celebrate and share? Here are a few ideas to get started:
Pound Cakes & Bread
Easy to bake, wrap and share, pound cakes and bread are wonderfully basic and symbolic gifts. Try baking tangy and chewy sourdough, a classic pound cake, or a sweet loaf of gingerbread. Wrap in craft or tissue paper, and then tie with a festive ribbon. You can even include a printed copy of your recipe inside.
There’s a reason why cookies are everyone’s favorite dessert – they’re as much fun to make as they are to eat! For some extra cheer, choose a cookie recipe with some traditional holiday taste or color: buttery sugar cookies with ornamental frosting, spicy gingerbread men, pretty raspberry thumbprint cookies or even cranberry biscotti. Place in a cute holiday tin, and you’re done!
With their flaky crusts and enticing fillings, miniature pies make tasty – and delicious – gifts. They’re easy to prepare in a mini pie pan, and you can scale down your favorite recipe and shorten baking times to make a single pie or use the same ingredient amounts to make multiples. Try making a classic pecan, lemon meringue or rich coconut cream mini pie – they’re thoughtful presents, although they’ll disappear all too soon.
Famous for its creamy texture and pure chocolate flavor, fudge is a perennial holiday favorite. Many families still make fudge the old-fashioned way – stirring it slowly on the stovetop in a sauce pan – and preparing it together is often a holiday tradition. Classic fudge is always popular, but consider jazzing it up with chopped walnuts or pecans, or topping with peppermint candy bits or a swirl of melted caramel. It’s easy to gift wrap, seal in a tin or even ship to out-of-town family and friends.